TELECOM ITALIA GROUP PRELIMINARY RESULTS
- total consolidated revenues: 19.7 billion euros (-4.6% in organic terms compared with 2014) consolidated service revenues: 18.3 billion euros (-3.1% in organic terms compared with 2014)
- the recovery in the performance of domestic revenues continued throughout the year of note is the return to growth in mobile service revenues and the improvement in those of new generation technologies (fibre and lte)
- consolidated ebitda: 7.0 billion euros (-17.9% in organic terms compared with 2014). net of non-recurring items, the figure totals approximately 8.1 billion euros (-4.5%)
- investments: 5.2 billion euros, 213 million euros higher than in 2014 (5.0 billion euros)
- adjusted net financial debt: 27.3 billion euros, a 0.6 billion increase from 31 december 2014; excluding the effects of purely accounting posts (ias 17), the adjusted net financial debt would be 0.9 billion less than at 31 december 2014 (25.8 billion)
- liquidity margin as of 31 december 2015: remained high, at 12.0 billion euros (13.1 billion euros at the end of 2014) covering payments falling due over the next 24 months
The preliminary results of the 2015 financial year will be illustrated to the financial community during a conference call scheduled for today at 16.30 p.m. (Italian time). Journalists may listen to the conference call, without asking questions, by calling: +39 06 33168+39 06 33168.
The presentation Slides, with an opportunity to follow the event in audio streaming, will be available at: www.telecomitalia.com/fy2015andplan/eng.
If you cannot listen in to the conference call, a Relistening Service will be available until 23 February, that can be accessed by calling +39 06 334843+39 06 334843 and entering the code: 900018#.
The preliminary economic and financial results of the Telecom Italia Group and Telecom Italia S.p.A. for the 2015 financial year as well as the previous year's results to which they are compared have been prepared according to the International Accounting Standards issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and approved by the European Union (defined as "IFRS"). In the 2015 financial year, Telecom Italia applied the same accounting principles as used for the previous year, apart from the new Principles/Interpretations adopted from 1 January 2015, which had no impact on the preliminary results of the 2015 financial year.
In addition to the conventional financial performance indicators contemplated under IFRS, Telecom uses certain alternative performance indicators in order to give a clearer picture of the trend of operations and the company's financial position. Specifically, the alternative performance indicators refer to: EBITDA; organic change in revenues and EBITDA; adjusted net financial debt. The meaning and content of these measures are explained in the annexes.
The preliminary results of the 2015 financial year have not been audited by the Independent Auditors.
MAIN VARIATIONS TO THE TELECOM ITALIA GROUP CONSOLIDATION AREA
The following changes occurred in 2015:
- INWIT S.p.A. (Domestic Business Unit): was established in January 2015;
- Alfabook S.r.l. (Domestic Business Unit): on 1 July 2015, Telecom Italia Digital Solutions S.p.A. acquired 100% of the capital of the company, which therefore entered the Group's consolidation scope;
- TIM Real Estate S.r.l. (Domestic Business Unit): was established in November 2015.
The following changes to the consolidation area occurred during 2014:
- Telecom Italia Ventures S.r.l. (Domestic Business Unit): was established in July 2014;
- Rete A S.p.A. (Media Business Unit): on 30 June 2014 Persidera S.p.A. acquired 100% of the company, and as a consequence, Rete A became part of the consolidation area of the Group and was fully consolidated; on 1 December 2014 the merger by incorporation of Rete A into Persidera was completed;
- TIMB2 S.r.l. (Media Business Unit): was established in May 2014;
- Trentino NGN S.r.l. (Domestic Business Unit): on 28 February 2014, the Telecom Italia Group acquired a controlling stake in the company, that therefore entered the Group's consolidation area.
Milan, 16 February 2016
The Board of Directors of Telecom Italia met yesterday, chaired by Giuseppe Recchi, to approve the Group preliminary results at 31 December 2015. The approval of the consolidated Financial Statements of the Telecom Italia Group and the separate Financial Statements of Telecom Italia S.p.A. at 31 December 2015, by the Board of Directors, is scheduled for 17 March 2016.
TELECOM ITALIA GROUP PRELIMINARY RESULTS
Revenues in 2015 amounted to 19,718 million euros, down 8.6% on the 2014 financial year (21,573 million Euros). In terms of organic change, calculated by excluding the effect of changes in exchange rates and consolidation area, consolidated revenues were down 4.6% (-951 million euros).
Revenues, broken down by operating segment, were as follows:
The Domestic Business Unit posted investments for 3.900 million euros up by 1,117 million euros compared to the 2014 financial year. This increase was influenced, particularly, by: acceleration and growth in innovative investments dedicated to developing new generation networks and services (+788 million euros), which represented more than 44% of total investments (33% in 2014), the award of the right to use L band frequencies (231 million euros) and the expenditure incurred to extend the GSM licence for a further three years (117 million euros).
The Brazil Business Unit posted a reduction of 906 million euros (including a negative foreign exchange effect of 341 million euros) from the 2014 figure; these investments were focussed mainly on the evolution of the business infrastructure and the sales support platforms. It should be recalled that, in 2014, investments included the acquisition of the 700 MHz licence for approximately 930 million euros.
Cash flow from Group operations is positive by 1,974 million euros (positive by 3,174 million euros in the 2014 financial year).
Adjusted net financial debt was 27,278 million euros at 31 December 2015, 627 million euros higher than at the end of 2014 (26,651 million euros). The increase in indebtedness, despite the positive dynamic of operations and finances, the revenues from the INWIT IPO on the domestic market and the sale of the ownership of the towers in Brazil, is due to the effects of posting higher debt due for finance leases connected to the property project, and the back-leasing of a stake in the Brazil towers, as well as the net negative impact of the bond buyback operations, the benefits of which will impact the debt in subsequent years, in the form of lower financial charges.
In the fourth quarter of 2015 adjusted net financial debt increased by 474 million euros compared to 30 September 2015 (26,804 million euros): in addition to the usual tax payments, there were, in the quarter, the expenditure to use the L Band frequencies (231 million euros), the acquisition of two properties considered to be strategic, and the increase in debt due to finance leases, in the property project.
The liquidity margin at 31 December 2015 was 12,047 million euros (which excludes the 202 million euros related to the Sofora – Telecom Argentina group, classified as Discontinued Operations), equivalent to the sum of "Cash and cash equivalents" and "Securities other than investments" for a total of 5,047 million euros (6,112 million euros at 31 December 2014) and unused committed lines of credit for a total of 7,000 million euros. This margin covers the financial liabilities of the Group falling due for at least the next 24 months.
The Group headcount as of 31 December 2015, excluding the 16,228 units related to the Sofora - Telecom Argentina group classified as Discontinued Operations, was 65,867, of whom 52,555 in Italy (66,025 as of 31 December 2014, of whom 52,882 in Italy).
BUSINESS UNIT RESULTS
The preliminary results of the 2015 financial year show the continuous recovery of the domestic performance. In this scenario, domestic revenues continued to recover in the fourth quarter of 2015, particularly on service revenues (-1.1% in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the same period of 2014; -1.5% in the third quarter of 2015; -1.7% in the second quarter of 2015; -3.3% in the first quarter of 2015). This recovery of performance may be attributed to an improvement in the competitive scenario, which caused an acceleration in the development of services for connectivity and content on broadband and ultrabroadband networks, maintenance of market shares, and a progressive slowdown in the dynamics of ARPU erosion on traditional services, primarily in the mobile sector. Indeed, it should be noted that in the fourth quarter of 2015 the performance of the mobile sector was positive in terms of total revenues, up 0.7% and service revenues, up 0.1%, compared to the same period in 2014.
There was a fall in total revenues in 2015 compared to 2014 of 302 million euros (-2%, from 15,303 million euros in 2014 to 15,001 million euros in 2015).
The 2015 financial year and the last quarter of the year show some significant indicators, such as the confirmation of a progressive recovery in turnover, stronger than in the preceding quarters, and positive performance in the Mobile market, both in terms of total revenues (+0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2015) and of service revenues only (+0.1% in the last quarter of 2015 compared to the same period of the preceding year).
This recovery in revenues may be attributed to the commercial actions focussed on the progressive stabilisation of the customer base - with a market share that is growing slightly in both Mobile and Fixed Broadband - and growth in ARPU, thanks to the growth of revenues from Fixed Broadband, ICT and Mobile Internet.
In more detail:
Domestic service revenues - which totalled 14,058 million euros in 2015 - fell by 276 million euros (-1.9% down on the previous year). The quarterly trend confirmed the recovery trend already mentioned, stronger than in previous periods: -1.1% in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014; -1.5% in the third quarter of 2015; -1.7% in the second quarter of 2015; -3.3% in the first quarter of 2015. Specifically:
• fixed market service revenues totalled 10,372 million euros in 2015, a fall of 300 million euros compared to 2014 (-2.8%);
• mobile market service revenues totalled 4,517 million euros and presented a fall of 91 million euros compared to the previous year (-2.0%); the quarterly trend contributed to the improvement trend, with a positive +0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014, preceded by -1.5% in the third quarter of 2015, -2.5% in the second quarter of 2015, -4.2% in the first quarter of 2015.
Revenues from product sales, including changes to work in progress, totalled 943 million euros in 2015 (26 million less than in 2014), grew by 68 million in the Mobile sector, thanks to the continual increase in demand for evolved handsets (smartphones), and fell in the Fixed sector after rationalisation of the product portfolio.
The Domestic Business Unit operates distinctly in three different reference environments, and an analysis of revenues by the three cash generating units is provided below:
Core Domestic revenues totalled 13,858 million euros and fell by 2.4% (14,205 million euros in 2014).
The performance of the individual market segments as compared with 2014 is as follows:
• Consumer: the 2015 revenues of the Consumer segment totalled 7,267 million euros, with a fall of 82 million euros (-1.1%) from the 2014 figure, showing a sustained recovery, in particular, of the progressive and structural recovery in the Mobile segment, thanks to the maintenance of market share and the stabilisation of ARPU levels.
- mobile revenues totalled 3,599 million euros, and grew slightly, compared to 2014 (+29 million euros, +0.8%), confirming the positive trend in two consecutive quarters (fourth quarter of 2015, +2.5%, third quarter +3.3%, second quarter -1.6%, first quarter -1.5%). Service revenues fell by 39 million euros (-1.2% compared to 2014), also evidencing a significant recovery trend (fourth quarter of 2015: +1.5%; third quarter: -0.3%; second quarter: -2.1%; first quarter: -4.3%), which may be attributed to a cooling of competitive pressure, the progressive stabilisation of market share and the constant growth of mobile internet and digital services to support the stabilisation of ARPU;
- the revenues of the Fixed sector totalled 3,705 million euros, with a fall of 112 million euros compared to 2014 (-2.9%) and presented a slowdown in the last quarter of 2015 (-6.7%) after a trend to improvement recorded from the second half of 2014, thanks to the actions to develop ARPU undertaken in the last months of the year (repricing, the introduction of flat tariffs, bundle development).
- Business: the revenues of the Business segment totalled 4,600 million euros, 224 million euros compared to 2014 (-4.6%). Revenues from services (4,232 million euros, -204 million euros compared to 2014) confirm the trend to stabilisation that started during 2014 (-4.7% in the fourth quarter of 2015). Specifically:
- mobile services revenue fell by -66 million euros (-5.5% compared to 2014): the positive performance of new digital services, and, in particular, of the Mobile Internet component (+38 million euros, +9% compared to 2014) was offset by a contraction in traditional mobile services for voice calls and messaging (-109 million euros) due to the dynamic of customers repositioning on bundle schemes with lower overall ARPU;
- fixed services revenue fell by 141 million euros (-4.3% compared to 2014): despite constant growth in ICT service revenues (+5.7%), in particular in Cloud services (+26% compared to 2014), the segment continued to suffer the effects of the slow economic recovery, the contraction in prices of traditional voice and data services, and the technological shift towards VoIP systems.
- National Wholesale: the Wholesale segment posted revenues totalling 1,785 million euros in 2015, substantially stable compared to 2014 (-8 million euros, -0.4%). In fact, the impact of the change in regulated prices on 2015 is similar to the impact in 2014, due to the retroactive change in prices for wholesale access for the period 2010/2012.
- International Wholesale – Telecom Italia Sparkle Group Revenues
The 2015 revenues of International Wholesale- Telecom Italia Sparkle Group totalled to 1,314 million euros, a significant increase compared to 2014 (+70 million euros, +5.6%). This increase related in particular to revenues for Phone services (+39 million euros, +4.3%) and revenues for IP/Data services (+33 million euros, +12.8%). The other business segments remain substantially stable (- 2 million euros, -2.2%).
In 2015, revenues from core business lines (Office, Retail and Systems and Advanced Caring) came to 172 million euros. Of particular note in the Office segment, higher revenues from sales of multifunctional products on long term rental contracts (+15 million euros compared to 2014) and in Advanced Caring, with an increase of over 6 million euros in service revenues, compared to the previous year.
The EBITDA of the Domestic Business Unit in 2015 totalled 5,567 million euros, with a fall of 1,431 million euros compared to 2014 (-20.4%), with an EBITDA margin of 37.1%, (8.6 percentage points less than 2014). EBITDA in 2015 suffered the negative impact of non-recurring charges in the total amount of 1,028 million euros. Without these charges, the organic change in EBITDA would have been -4.9%, with an EBITDA margin of 44%, down 1.2 percentage points on 2014. In particular, labour costs include charges, provisions to personnel funds and other miscellaneous items of a non-recurring nature for a total of 429 million euros, 422 million euros of which to Parent Company Telecom Italia S.p.A., related primarily to the agreements with the trade unions mentioned above.
Purchases of goods and services and other charges and provisions include non-recurring charges totalling 599 million euros, relating to provisions and costs connected to disputes and sanctions of a regulatory nature, and to liabilities related to these disputes, some charges for specific transactions with customers and suppliers, non-recurring costs related to major projects and charges for disputes with former employees.
The headcount, of 52,644 employees, fell by 432 units compared to 31 December 2014.
BRAZIL (average real/euro exchange rate 3.69727)
The 2015 revenues of the TIM Brasil group amounted to 17,139 million reais, recording a fall of 12.1% compared with the 2014 financial year (-2,359 million reais). The lower turnover was attributable to the revenue component from incoming messaging and mobile traffic (-1,005 million reais, -40.2%) due to the reduction in the mobile termination rate (MTR) and the lower volumes, as well as to traditional outgoing voice traffic and messaging (-1,216 million reais, -13.4%). These effects were only partially offset by the increase recorded in turnover from the innovative component, mobile data and VAS content (+1,213 million reais, +35.0%).
Revenues from product sales stood at 1,755 million reais (3,173 million reais in 2014, -44.7%); this reflects the impact of the Brazilian economic crisis of family spending trends.
Mobile ARPU in 2015 was 16.7 reais, compared to 17.7 reais in 2014 (-5,6%).
The total number of lines as of 31 December 2015 was 66,234 thousand, a fall of 12.5% compared to 31 December 2014, corresponding to a share of approximately 25.7% of the lines market (27% at 31 December 2014).
EBITDA of 5,358 million reais was 183 million reais lower than the same period of 2014 financial year (-3.3%). The fall in EBITDA is attributable to the contraction in revenues, only partially offset by the effects of some efficiency interventions on cost items, and by the reduction in Costs for quotas to pay to other operators and sales costs; however, employee benefits expenses increased, due also to the adjustment of salaries to inflation, as well as non-recurring charges for 53 million reais.
The EBITDA margin was 31.3%, up 2.9 percentage points on the previous year.
Headcount stood at 13,042 employees (12,841 as of 31 December 2014).
It should be recalled that the merger by incorporation of Telecom Italia Media S.p.A. into Telecom Italia S.p.A. was completed on 30 September 2015. The operation had accounting effects from 1 January 2015. In 2015, the Media business unit operated through Persidera in the operation of Digital Multiplexes, as well as in offering accessory services and digital signal transmission platforms to third parties.
The revenues of the Network operator totalled 82 million euros in 2015, an 11 million euro increase (+15.5%) compared with the 71 million euros of 2014. Part of this positive change was due to the integration of the former Rete A business from 30 June 2014. Including the former Rete A business for the first six months of 2014, the overall organic change in revenues was an increase of 1.2%.
2015 EBITDA was 37 million euros, 12 million euros higher (+48%) than in 2014 (25 million euros). This positive result was in part due to the increase in revenues mentioned above, partially offset by an increase in operating costs primarily attributable to the costs resulting from the former Rete A business not present in the first six months of 2014. In organic terms, EBITDA increased by 5.7% compared to 2014.
The headcount stood at 64 employees (89 as of 31 December 2014).
TELECOM ITALIA S.p.A.
Revenues reached 13,797 million euros, down by 356 million euros (-2.5%) compared to 2014. The 2015 results confirm the trend towards recovery of turnover, and the progressive and structural improvement in the Mobile segment, thanks to maintenance of market share, stabilisation of ARPU levels and the constant growth of mobile internet. In the commercial segments, the progressive stabilisation of results was confirmed in the Consumer (-1.0% compared to -8.7% in 2014), Business (-4.8% compared to -7.5%) and National Wholesale (-0.4% compared to -5.9%) segments.
EBITDA was 5,266 million euros (6,739 million euros in 2014), 1,473 million euros less than in 2014, with an EBITDA margin of 38.2% (47.6% in 2014).
EBITDA in 2015 suffered the negative impact of non-recurring charges totalling 1,021 million euros.
Without these charges, the change in EBITDA would have been -6.8%, with an EBITDA margin of 45.6%, down 2.1 percentage points on 2014.
The Manager in charge of preparing the corporate accounting documents, Piergiorgio Peluso, hereby declares, pursuant to subsection 2, Art.154 bis of Italy’s Consolidated Law on Financial Intermediation, that the preliminary accounting information contained herein corresponds to the company’s documentation, accounting books and records.
In addition to approving the preliminary figures, the Board of Directors of Telecom Italia also acknowledged some estimated preliminary operating data for the whole of 2015. More specifically, without taking account of any impacts of the asset impairment tests, and on goodwill in particular, the estimated principal results for the Telecom Italia Group for 2015 are as follows:
· Pre-tax consolidated profits from current business activities: approximately 0.7 billion euros (2.3 billion euros in 2014), the approximately 1.6 billion euro reduction is due to the fall in EBITDA, mainly linked to non-recurring items (-1.1 billion euros), as well as the posting at fair value of the implicit option included in the 2013 mandatory convertible bond (-0.5 billion euros in 2015, negative for -0.2 million euros in the previous year), and the impacts of the buy back of the company's own bonds carried out in 2015 (-0.4 billion euros, against buy-back transactions totalling 3.8 billion euros), only part of which was offset by a capital gain of over 0.3 billion euros posted after the definitive sale of the transmission towers in Brazil.
- Consolidated profit for the year attributable to the shareholders of the Parent Company of approximately 150 million euros (1,350 million euros in 2014).
The official figures will be announced after the procedures and audits on the 2015 Financial Statements have been completed, including the procedures connected to the valuation of the amount recoverable from the Goodwill posted; these figures may differ, even significantly, from the estimates.
The approval of the consolidated Financial Statements of the Telecom Italia Group and the separate Financial Statements of Telecom Italia S.p.A. at 31 December 2015, by the Board of Directors, is scheduled for 17 March 2016.
With reference to the non-approval by the shareholders' meeting of the release of the Directors appointed by the ordinary shareholders' meeting on 15 December 2015 from the competition prohibition, the Board of Directors has concluded the acquisition of further information resolved at the board meeting on 16 December 2015. In particular, after the investigation carried out with the support of legal and corporate experts, the Board of Directors determined that the conditions for the application of the competition prohibition to the aforementioned directors did not exist, having considered the activities they undertake, as described in their respective curricula vitae.
The Board of Directors also resolved:
- with respect to the Control and Risk Committee, to increase the composition from 5 to 6 members, calling Félicité Herzog to take part (thus the members are now the following: Directors Calvosa – Chairwoman, Cioli, Cornelli, Gallo, Herzog and Valerio);
- with respect to the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, having acknowledged the resignation from the office of Mr Fitoussi, to integrate the members by appointing Arnaud de Puyfontaine and Stéphane Roussel (thus the committee is now made up of 5 members: Directors Benello – Chairman, de Puyfontaine, Kingsmill, Marzotto and Roussel).
Downstream of the variations thus determined, the Control and Risk Committee continues to be made up of solely independent directors, while the Nomination and Remuneration Committee is still made up of non-executive Directors, mostly independent.